Rasmus Hojlund will become Manchester United’s third signing of the summer after he completed his medical at Carrington on Thursday.
The 20-year-old striker will join the Old Trafford club for a reported £64 million, with an additional £8 million in add-ons.
It is a large price for a player who scored only nine league goals for Atalanta last term, however, his talent and potential for growth is undeniable.
Former United defender Mikael Silvestre believes that the price tag is not so important in a market where that kind of money is the standard for a centre-forward and suggests that it will be forgotten if Hojlund reaches his potential.
“The fee is what it is when you go for a number nine right now at the highest level. Then you’re going to pay big bucks,” he told Bettingexpert.
“It’s all about how well the player will adapt and deliver, you know. After that, you won’t be talking about how much you paid.”
United have been missing a pure no.9 and that is exactly what the Danish forward is. Erik ten Hag has been using Jadon Sancho as a false-nine during pre-season, with Anthony Martial yet to play a minute following his injury at the back-end of last term.
Whilst Hojlund will offer many important qualities to the team from the off, Silvestre has stated that the squad around the striker will be important to his success on the pitch.
In particular, the ex-United man believes that the offensive minded midfield players, as well as wingers, especially Marcus Rashford, could be the ones to ensure Hojlund enjoys a solid debut campaign at Old Trafford.
“There weren’t many options on the market, and I think he will do well with the group of players he has around him and how they are playing.
“Also, with the way Erik ten Hag wants to play with the link-up play starting with Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount and Christian Eriksen,” he added.
“They will find a way to feed him, also with the wingers, and I think he will link up quite well with Marcus Rashford, who will serve him quite well. But he can also do some damage on his own. He is very fast, and he can beat players one on one.
“It’s just a matter of time for him. We have to be patient with him. The good thing is that he can speak English and not be afraid of the Manchester weather when he is from Denmark.”
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